WHAT’S not to love about lace? Lace is all about feminine allure, quirky charm, delicately-designed details and moonlight romance with hints of sultriness and sassy seduction.
With its demure sophistication and exquisite elegance, lace is now rightly known as the Aristocrat Of Style.
This fabric oozes candy-sweet perfection for any fashionable attire — either in whole looks or sparingly used in Peter Pan collars, bodices of long dresses, sleeves of floral blouses, frilly cuffs of shirts, hems of skirts and as embellishment.
ALL LACED UP
Like faux pearls, glittering rhinestones and beads, patches of lace cut-outs are often used for beautiful embellishment work onto garments of different fabrics to provide uniqueness.
Lace appliques are, for example, combined with denim to tone down the “roughness” so that it becomes sweet-looking and girly. Or they are used with one-coloured unprinted fabrics to add glamour and sophistication.
Lace fabrics are also used for many other things. Alice bands, turbans, scarves, bib necklaces, chunky bangles, handbags, clutches, stockings and footwear are all in the lace league.
ROMANCING THE LACE
Lace has always been designated as the fabric for wedding gowns and veils. The softness of French lace, the weighty flow of cotton lace, the delicate trimmings and weaves of lace patterns throughout the fabrics provide the elegance needed for the bride to stand out on her most important day.
Lace is also the fabric to dress up in for parties, festivities, grand events and special dos. They are the stars of special occasions.
Handbags — from huge totes and sling-overs to cute beaded and sequined evening clutches — come in lace of every shade and hue.
With high-end brands like Prada, Chanel, Velentino, Dolce and Gabanna and Vera Wang, there is laced handbags galore! Designers like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Chanel have showcased 2012 collections of gorgeous lacy garments.
You find plenty of lace offerings in Sungei Wang Plaza and Petaling Street too, with lace handbags and garments in every shop, at affordable prices.
Footwear is not to be forgotten. High-heeled Mary-Janes, back sling pumps, T-bars and flats are in lace. High street shops like Pedro, Charles & Keith, Tangs and others have lacy shoes available occasionally.
SHOP FOR LACE
In boutiques around the city, lace wearables are everywhere. Shops such as Topshop, Zara, Forever 21, Warehouse, Miss Selfridges and Mango are usually where lace garments rule.
Worldwide, lace is popular streetwear. In Japan, girls wear layers of lace fervently. In Korea and Thailand, lace shorts are popular. In Jakarta, Indonesian hijabis have them in long skirts and scarves.
These are memorable keepsakes. They are usually of lacework on silk, tulle, chiffon, cotton and satin — to name a few. Today anyone can get one of these fairytale frocks as they are easily available on online shops such as Vintage Biri Biri, Sunny-Side Up and The Vintage Socialites.
The dreamy vintage garments are priced between RM35 and over RM100. These are gorgeous one-offs from a different era and are, therefore, precious.
How best to wear lace?
Lace attire can be combined with fabrics from cotton and chiffon to silk and organza. Any fashionista can style lace in combination with floral and animal prints or stripes. I find that lace and polka dots seem to be made for each other.
As lacework is already beautifully complicated, if you wear it with something that has a lot of goings-on such as abstract galaxy prints and leopard prints, it is best to keep off the chunky accessories and bling-bling.
Trust lace to make you beautiful.